Virginia Increasing Restaurant Inspections, Fines

The state of Virginia, which in 2019 became a democrat trifecta state for the first time, this week became the first state to adopt an emergency workplace standard specific to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Ralph Northam announced a new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which mandates that workers be provided with personal protective equipment this week.…

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Missouri Cuts, Colorado Hikes Stimulus Tax Issues

The states of Missouri and Colorado this week took very different actions relative to the impact of federal stimulus payments for the coronavirus pandemic will have on the state’s taxpayers. In the Show Me State, republican Governor Mike Parson signed a bipartisan tax bill that excludes stimulus payments authorized by the CARES Act from being…

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Tale of Two Union Endorsements

As we get closer to the November election, we’ll see more endorsements coming on a regular basis, but over the past week plus, two unions with very different views of the critical issues facing the nation today, each endorsed a candidate for President this week. Service Employees International Union (SEIU), architect organization behind the Fight…

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Upcoming Webinars

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has a couple of webinars scheduled over the next couple of weeks that will be very beneficial for many.  Coordinating with both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) DOL will present “Navigating COVID-19: A Virtual Guide for the Employment Community” at 2:00 PM CDT…

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COVID Considerations

As we’re seemingly experiencing a resurgence of sorts in the number of coronavirus infections in some states and regions around the country, the loosening of restrictions is being paused in some states and outright reversed in still others. Further, interstate travel restrictions are now being applied and expanded by a number of states – New…

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HigherMe: Hiring Smarter Faster and Cheaper During COVID-19

During a time of record unemployment, but with Dunkin’ and other companies looking to hire nationwide, the approach you employ will be critical. With many job seekers hesitant to return to work, this webinar, with HigherMe, will discuss tactics and tools that Dunkin’ franchisees can use to increase application flow, reduce recruiting costs, and hire…

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SBA Releases PPP Loan Information

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) this week released the list of recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans made across the country. The release was delineated by the size of the loan granted to a business. For loans above $150,000, the information includes the borrowing entity name and address as well as the number of…

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What’s A Quarter-Trillion or So between Friends?

Fiscal conservatives are bracing themselves again in Congress with the US House posturing to bring forward another coronavirus relief bill to the tune of an additional $2 trillion or more. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters yesterday that she was confident Congress would pass what she called “a strong bill”, saying “$1 trillion doesn’t do…

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Paying for the Pandemic in Cities

City governments are constantly lamenting the loss of tax and other revenues and are now mapping plans to restore their revenue streams whether there’s more federal money or not. Too often, that means increased taxes for the business community.  As a case in point, amid widespread opposition, the DC Council preliminarily approved a FY21 budget…

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States Want More Revenue Too

And it’s not only the major cities that are looking to fill their coffers off the back of hurting businesses.  For example, we’d point to Michigan, where the state legislature sought to help businesses get back on their feet by passing 5 bills that all would have altered the tax liabilities of businesses within the…

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